If you’re a big fan of David Bowie—and really who isn’t—you probably celebrated his birthday yesterday by listening to your favorite tracks. He would have turned 73 on January 8th and to honor him, Parlophone is releasing some new music, featuring previously unreleased tracks.
According to NPR, the record company is releasing a six-song EP titled Is It Any Wonder? sharing a new song each week, a drip-release over 6 weeks and the first song is available now. An acoustic version of the song, The Man Who Sold The World, is available on streaming platforms, including YouTube.
Starting January 17, 2020, the remaining 5 songs off the EP will be released, one each week. Another album is coming this year, too a physical form of a 9-track album titled “CHANGESNOWBOWIE” will be available to purchase on April 18, 2020—which also happens to be Record Store Day.
According to CNN, previously, this music was only available as a bootleg. The album “captures a live session recorded in November 1996 during the rehearsal of Bowie’s then upcoming 50th birthday concert at New York’s Madison Square Garden.”
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PARLOPHONE TO ISSUE UNRELEASED BOWIE TRACKS “We spoke of was and when…” It’s likely that some of you have been expecting something on what would have been David Bowie’s 73rd birthday, after announcements on 8th January for the past couple of years. Indeed, if the calendar has clicked over to that date where you are, then you have possibly already found something. Now it’s 8th January in the country of his birth, here’s that announcement… + – + – + – + – + – + – + – + – + – + – + – + – + Parlophone Records is proud to announce DAVID BOWIE IS IT ANY WONDER? a six track EP of unreleased and rare tracks to be released over six weeks. The first of these is a previously unreleased version of ‘The Man Who Sold The World’, released today as a streaming-only 1 track digital single in celebration of both David’s birthday and the 50th anniversary of the writing and recording of this classic. Five more songs will be released on a weekly basis from 17th January. ’THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD’ (CHANGESNOWBOWIE VERSION) is taken from the 9-track session ChangesNowBowie, recorded for radio and broadcast by the BBC on David’s 50th birthday on 8th January, 1997. This mostly acoustic session was a stripped back affair featuring some of David’s favourites of his own compositions and was produced by Bowie himself, Reeves Gabrels and Mark Plati. CHANGESNOWBOWIE was recorded and mixed at Looking Glass Studios in New York in November 1996 during rehearsals for David’s 50th birthday concert at Madison Square Garden. Gail Ann Dorsey (bass, vocals), Reeves Gabrels (guitars) and Mark Plati (keyboards and programming) accompanied David on the recording. CHANGESNOWBOWIE will be released in limited quantities on LP and CD for Record Store Day on 18th April, 2020. The cover art for the album will features a portrait of David by renowned photographer Albert Watson, taken in New York in 1996. (See montage for cover) More details will be announced shortly. ~ DAVID BOWIE 'THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD' (CHANGESNOWBOWIE) IS AVAILABLE NOW ON PARLOPHONE ~ DAVID BOWIE CHANGESNOWBOWIE RELEASED ON PARLOPHONE ON 18TH APRIL, 2020 FOR RECORD STORE DAY #BowieIIAW #CHANGESNOWBOWIE
Bowie’s last release was also posthumously, the album titled Space Oddity. The musical legend died at the age of 69 in January 2016.